Below is the rating system I use when review books. I also (try) rate every book as an individual entity, separate from the genre, series, or author. That being said, if another book influences the rating of a book, I will note it in my review and why.
Also, while I do have a “system” in place, the most important things I consider when reviewing a book are my overall enjoyment of the book, the characters and plot, the ease of consuming the writing, and if they are important or problematic elements that need to be addressed.
My rating system:
✨ – Represents a partial star, used when needed.
⭐️ – 1 star. DNFed. Hated it. Do not recommend.
⭐️⭐️ – 2 star. Barely got through it. Didn’t like it. Read with caution.
⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 3 star. Finished it. Meh. Wasn’t awful, wasn’t great. I liked it enough to finish it. Check it out, you may like it. Something held me back from really enjoying it.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4 star. Liked it a lot, some (small) problems kept it from being 5 stars. Still (highly?) recommended.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 5 star. LOVED it. Read it now. Obsessed.